Rian Johnson Says His Next Script is Still Sci-Fi, But More Cyberpunk

April 2, 2013
Source: SlashFilm

Rian Johnson

The new era of sci-fi is upon us, and that's thanks in part to Rian Johnson making Looper last year. I've been a fan of filmmaker Rian Johnson since the days of Brick and The Brothers Bloom, but was ecstatic to see him getting into the sci-fi genre, because I love his storytelling sensibilities and style. Now it sounds like he's staying in the science fiction genre, as a small scoop from SlashFilm over the weekend during their /Filmcast FilmAid Marathon, hints that Johnson is working on his next script and it'll be sci-fi, but it's "very different than Looper, more Cyberpunk." Alas, we still don't have a title yet or know much more about it.

Here's the tweet from Peter Sciretta during the live broadcast, via The Playlist also picking up on the story:

More than anything, I'm just excited to follow Rian Johnson's career and the projects he develops next. Johnson has directed a few episodes of "Breaking Bad", winning the DGA Award last year for one of them. Oddly, SlashFilm adds this tidbit: "No more news outside of that description, but it’s certainly exciting that Johnson is choosing to stick with sci-fi for his next script. The question will be, is that the next feature he directs?" Is that some kind of hint that Rian Johnson may end up directing a script he didn't write for his next feature? Whatever the case, I'm happy to hear that Rian is staying in sci-fi and going cyberpunk, maybe to follow-up (or blaze the trail for) adaptations like Neuromancer and Snow Crash also in the works.

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  • Matt Peloquin
    I love this new trend of film makers taking to television. Fincher with House of Cards, Sorkin with The Newsroom, Darabont with The Walking Dead, and Johnson with Breaking Bad.
    • Linkfx
      Did Fincher or Sorkin direct?
        Wrote and produced.
    • StevenF
      Martin Scorsese with Boardwalk Empire, Ang Lee with Tyrant...
    • Greg dinskisk
      I hope you know that Sorkin was most well known for TV for a loooong time, between Sports Night, The West Wing, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.... I get what you mean though, I like the general trend.
    • $126191
      The Walking Dead gig didn't work out so well.
  • Jaret Curial
    He's a big cyberpunk anime fan, give him Akira or Cowboy Bebop.
    • Xerxexx
      I may have just fell in love with your comment.
    • Japetto
      Sweet but Cowboy Bebop isn't cyberpunk
      • Jaret Curial
        I guess not, more low-tech sci-fi.
        • $126191
          Can we just forget about a live-action Akira...
  • Neuromancer
    Yes, feed me cyberpunk films all day long!
  • Malcolm Neal
    Hi. Did you see the Kickstarter project for the Ritz Theatre in Thomaston GA? Somewhere I came across your name in a Film School Rejects article. We are trying to raise the necessary funds to stay open as 35mm film vanishes and we need an expensive Digital projector. if you have and comments or suggestions please. Thanks, Malcolm




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